The Regional Climate Outreach Project Manager will support and coordinate Extension projects that are part of a regional collaborative project of the Midwest Climate Hub and five Extension programs in four Midwest states. They will work closely with the Midwest Climate Hub and project team to leverage and amplify outcomes from regional workshops and existing resources to strengthen two-way communication between local and regional stakeholders. The project is working towards increased Midwest adoption of regionally scalable, climate-smart activities including enhanced adaptation of working lands, better carbon management, and net-zero emissions agriculture.
The Project Manager will support this multi-year regional project focusing on assessing the current application of, and need for, climate-informed agriculture strategies and developing regional theories of change for increasing the adoption of climate-informed best management practices. The project will build a formal partnership between Extension and the Midwest Climate Hub that will leverage resources to create effective communication between local and regional stakeholders and enhance dissemination of climate-informed strategies. The effort will utilize a theory of change framework to develop enhanced climate training for Extension professionals related to adaptation of working lands, carbon management, and carbon sequestration.
The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with excellent interpersonal skills to foster a collegial working environment.
The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself and as a valuable means for transforming lives and communities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.
Manages a single project from start to finish or one phase of a large project under limited supervision.
30% Creates a project plan, monitors progress and performance against the project plan, and identifies, resolves, or escalates risks and issues
5% Manages the activities of outside contractors to ensure they are integrated into the project and that the organization receives satisfactory standards of service
5% Facilitates the estimation of project costs, resources, and time required to complete the assigned phase of a project and monitors activities, negotiates for resources, and assigns tasks to ensure these targets are met. Follows established change control processes if targets can no longer be met
30% Prepares regular reports to communicate the status of the project within and beyond the project team
30% Sets priorities, allocates tasks, and collaborates with project staff to meet project targets and milestones
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Required Master's Degree with degree focus and/or course work related to the responsibilities of this position such as climate science, agriculture, educational program development, social science research methods, etc.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS -Experience designing and implementing data collection instruments -Experience developing project reports -Demonstrated ability to present data and findings effectively, i.e., orally, in writing and visually/graphically -Strong organizational skills and attention to details. -Evidence of effectively working independently and in a team environment. -Ability to interact and work with a range of individuals with a high-level of professionalism, flexibility, judgement, and tact.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS -Experience developing outreach programs related to climate and/or agriculture -Experience with developing and applying theory of change frameworks -Demonstrated project management experience -Familiarity with Extension and land-grant university programs
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $59,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/)
How to Apply:
We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume detailing your educational and professional background. Please keep in mind, applicants need to articulate all required qualifications in their cover letter and/or resume. Applicants who have preferred qualifications should share those too in the cover letter and/or resume. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.
We are committed to reducing bias in the recruitment process and utilize a redacted application process, which is the practice of removing personally identifiable information from application materials, before the screening of applicants begins. This may include, but is not limited to, name, gender, age, education, address, dates (such as graduation dates), photos, references, links to personal webpages, supervisor names, and/or citizenship.
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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
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